Starting Pitchers: KC- Duffy (5-4, 3.51 ERA) LHP LAD- Kershaw (13-2, 2.19 ERA) LHP
Kansas City Royals (44-42, 20-23 away) at Los Angeles Dodgers (60-29, 38-11 home)
July 9, 2017- 4:10 PM ET Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Having asserted themselves as the best team in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take to the diamond at Chavez Ravine on Sunday afternoon seeking to complete the sweep against the Kansas City Royals in a series finale matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Royals Lines: BetOnline ML (+264) Spread +1.5
Best Dodgers Lines: BetOnline ML (-296) Spread -1.5
Over/Under: MyBookie 7.0
Clearly the hottest team in the majors, the Dodgers have shown the baseball world they may be the team to beat as they have been clicking on all cylinders for the better part of half the season. As the Boys of Summer will head into the All-Star break at the conclusion of Sunday, it is the Dodgers who are the best in baseball at 60-29.
Over their last 71 games, Los Angeles is an incredible 52-19 and have shown no signs of slowing down. It’s been a combination of pitching, defense, offense, timely hitting and the will to win that has many wondering if this may be best Dodgers team ever?
Winners of five straight, the Dodgers will seek to complete the series sweep when they hand the ball to perhaps baseball’s best hurler in Clayton Kershaw? Having another Cy Young year, Kershaw has been lights out with a 13-2 mark with an impressive 2.19 ERA.
However, the numbers don’t stop there with Kershaw as he has thrown himself in a very select company for the first half of the year. A win on Sunday will give the dominating southpaw the LA record for most wins by the break with 14.
For the Royals, they were amongst the hottest teams in baseball heading in but have hit a buzzsaw facing this LA team. Having dropped the first two in the series to fall to 44-42, the Royals will be looking to salvage one in the series behind the arm of left-hander Danny Duffy, who is 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA.
Kansas City is one-game back of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. Los Angeles is 5 ½ games up on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
After a couple of hard luck losses, the Royals will be challenged to “steal” one versus Kershaw as the oddsmakers aren’t giving them much of a chance in this one.
For sports betting purposes, BetOnline is favoring LAD (-296 ML) over KC with an over/under of 7.0 total game runs scored; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 7.0 total game runs scored as my best betting pick.